President calls for greater security cooperation in the Region

first_imgPresident David Granger has called for greater security cooperation in the Caribbean. The Head of State made this impassioned plea for greater security cooperation while delivering the feature address at a dinner hosted by the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The dinner was held at the St Augustine Campus of UWI.President Granger in making the call for greater security cooperation, allied himself with the position of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who at the 27th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Heads of Government Conference of the Caribbean Community held in Belize in February 2016, had brought to the attention of regional leaders the urgency of the security threats facing the Region and the necessity for urgent and timely action to be taken to improve security across the Region.President David GrangerThe Guyanese Head of State, an alumnus of the IIR and historian, recalled a variety of security crises – the secession of Anguilla in 1967, the armed insurrection in Grenada in 1979 and the invasion by the US of that island four years later; the security crises in Haiti since 1994 – and the challenges these have presented for regionalism.President Granger observed that ‘old’ threats including invasion, insurrection, intervention, international and domestic terrorism, mutiny, maritime disputes, secession, territorial claims and coups d’état still persist, while new threats in the forms of transnational crimes: narcotics-trafficking, gun-running, money-laundering and illegal migration have emerged. The region, according to the Guyanese President, has also witnessed the emergence of organised crime and violent ‘posses’ and gangs.The persistence of old security threats and the emergence of new ones suggest, according to the President, that the current arrangements for security cooperation in the Caribbean may be insufficient to meet the needs of member states. He called for these arrangements “to be evaluated and, if necessary, supplemented by additional systems and mechanisms in order to achieve the wider strategic objectives of the states.”The Guyanese Head of State stressed that the security of the Caribbean will not improve on its own accord and that a Security System is needed to respond to the new security problems.President Granger told the large gathering at the IIR’s dinner that individual countries of the Caribbean Community cannot, on their own, overcome threats posed by territorial claims, transnational criminal networks, epidemics and environmental jeopardy. He called for new security architecture to make the Caribbean safe, deter aggressors, combat illicit trafficking and create a zone of peace in the Caribbean.The President also called for the Caribbean to be preserved as a zone of peace: “It must become a zone in which the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Caribbean states are respected, where the new security threats are extinguished, where our children can play in parks without fear of becoming innocent victims of gangland violence and where our young people are not seduced into drug trafficking and gun-running.”last_img read more

Linden Councillor to resign over re-election of Mayor

first_imgAn a move to follow through with plans to resign as Councillor within the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) should Mayor Carwyn Holland be re-elected, Councillor Lennox Gasper has stated his intentions to resign. Gasper, who served as Administrative and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman of the Council, has for months spoken out against what he deemed as “unlawful acts” of the Holland-led municipality. He has also publicly criticised countless decisions made by the re-elected Mayor and his manner of governance, which he deemed “egotistical.”“I will be resigning from the Council,” Gasper stated following the MayoralCouncillor Lennox GasperElections in the township on Thursday.DiscrepanciesGasper also alluded to several discrepancies which he pointed out during Thursday’s elections. He went on to express shock that Deputy Town Clerk Orleena Obermuller, who was employed only a few weeks ago and who has not yet received her official appointment letter, was allowed to carry on the proceedings.“Now she did not even finish her probationary period. All of that is unlawful. A Town Clerk has to convene that meeting according to 28:01. Miss Obermuller hasn’t even received an appointment letter as an employee of the Council. She is still in assessment period.”Gasper also alleged that the Mayor had set the agenda for the elections and deemed the move as not acting within the confines of the law. Gasper said in the case of the elections, the law states clearly what is to be done in 28:01.“I objected vehemently about it and it was overturned… These are the things that Councillor Gasper stands for, that they would from time to time want to do – railroad and override the law blatantly and they want to tell you when you stand up against it you are opposing.”Gasper reaffirmed his passion for his community but opined that the Mayor seemsMayor Carwyn Holland“more consumed with the span of his shadow.”He said he trusts that the eight months serving in the position of Mayor would have thought Holland that it makes no sense dictating people in which their support is needed, adding that he needs to tone down his ego and settle down to get work done.“This town needs forward movement… we have Councillors in position but they have no power, they have no authority. The law gives them power and authority but they use it based on the instruction and orders of those that give it to them and that’s the plight that we’re in… The Councillors are not comfortable, the intimidation, the threats, the fear of victimisation is so heavy,” he stated.last_img read more

Fast, furious Vertstappen vows no let-up

first_img“Up until the last race, they should still fight for first, for sure. Otherwise, you’re not a worthy world champion are you?,” said Verstappen.Wolff conceded he had expressed a concern about the Dutch teenager becoming involved in an unfortunate incident that could decide the outcome of the title race.But, he stressed, he had only called in the context of a general chat with Verstappen senior.Max said he was with his father when he received the call.“He went outside,” he said, explaining that he did not want to be disturbed while he was watching television.He added: “I won’t change the approach. The chatting is pretty understandable. I think, as a driver, you always try to do the best job.“I mean, we should race, everyone, up until the last race. They should still fight for first, for sure. Otherwise, you’re not a worthy world champion are you?“We all want to race and that’s what Mercedes wants at the end of the day.”Verstappen will start Sunday’s race, the penultimate grand prix of the season, from the second row on the grid, just behind the two Mercedes men.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Infiniti Red Bull Racing Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen powers his car during the third practice session of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 12, 2016 © AFP / Miguel SchincariolSAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov 12 – Max Verstappen intends to drive as hard and aggressively as usual in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix without giving Mercedes’ title contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton any special treatment.In the wake of Mercedes’ team chief Toto Wolff’s controversial phone call to his father Jos Verstappen, to give his son some advice, the Red Bull racer said that everyone should race as normal.last_img read more

A great(s) night for 49ers

first_imgHer mother Virginia died in April of 1986, and her father James died in June the same year. Toler and Brown were two-time Kodak All-Americans and inductees in the Long Beach State Hall of Fame (Toler, 1995, Brown, 1992). From 1986-89, Toler averaged 21.7 points per game and became one of three 49er players to score more than 2,000 points (2,193). She still ranks first in assists (513). In 1997, the inception year of the WNBA, Toler became one of its marquee players. On June 21, 1997, the Los Angeles Sparks’ starting point guard scored the first basket in league history. After retiring three years later, she began her reign as the general manager. In 2000 and 2001, she helped Los Angeles win back-to-back championships. Last July, the Sparks retired her No. 11 jersey. During Brown’s four seasons (1983-1997) in Long Beach, she averaged 21 points per game, scored 2,696 points, which rank second in the program’s history to LaTaunya Pollard. Brown also left the 49ers as the leading rebounder (1,184), shot blocker (318) and thief (400 steals). In 1988, she won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team. “I had a choice between USC and Long Beach State,” said Brown, who came from Oregon. “I fell in love with Long Beach because it was a little more family oriented. The welcome I received was very, very sincere, and I needed that in transition from one state to another.” Current 49ers coach Mary Hegarty was delighted about how her 2007 team rallied from a 22-12 deficit Saturday. A layup by Figueroa with 31.6 seconds left sealed the win. “You never want to lose. That would be like you are letting down a lot of people,” Hegarty said, referring to the dedication ceremony. “We think about the tradition a lot. It’s a great win for us to get period. But to honor such great players, it’s good all the way around.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Long Beach State, it is always near my heart,” Toler said. “When I came to Long Beach State, I had just lost my parents. Here I was coming to school in August. Believe me when I say this was the last place I wanted to be. But the people were so nice. Everyone was like ‘Hey, happy to have you here.’ … It picked me up when I was down. “I can’t say enough about it,” Toler continued. “Playing basketball was the easy part. … To have my jersey retired here means the world to me, a place where it all began.” center_img LONG BEACH – Current 49ers point guard Karina Figueroa met two of the most celebrated players in the history of Long Beach State women’s basketball before her game against UC Irvine on Saturday evening, then went out and scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the team’s 54-53 Big West Conference victory. One thousand, sixty-seven fans came out to see the current 49ers (5-16, 2-5) as well as to witness the retirement of the jerseys of Virginia “Penny” Toler and Cindy Brown, both of whom starred on the 1987 and 1988 teams that advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Toler’s No. 4 and Brown’s No. 53 will be placed in the rafters. last_img read more

Lewandowski fires Bayern to fourth title in a row

first_imgSecond-placed Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt left Bayern an insurmountable eight points clear at the top of the table with one game left.“We’ve played brilliantly together. It’s a great achievement to have won this title, particularly as Dortmund were the best runners up in Bundesliga history,” said Bayern’s Germany forward Thomas Mueller.“To have won four in a row is special.“It has never happened before, despite all the great teams who have played in the Bundesliga. It’s a great relief to have done it.”Bayern’s title triumph comes just four days after the heartbreak of their Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid.“This isn’t a consolation for being knocked out of the Champions League,” added Mueller.“We can be sad about, but now is not the right time to talk about a Champions League semi-final.”Bayern took the lead at Ingolstadt’s Audi-Sport Park when Franck Ribery was fouled by home captain Marvin Matip in the area and Lewandowski drilled home the resulting spot-kick on 15 minutes.The Poland hot-shot, the Bundesliga’s leading scorer, then added his second when he drilled home Xabi Alonso’s superb pass from a tight angle for his 29th league goal of the season.Ingolstadt’s Australia striker Mathew Leckie was denied by Manuel Neuer but the hosts pulled a goal back on 42 minutes when Moritz Hartmann converted a penalty after a push from behind from Alonso.Meanwhile, Dortmund suffered their first league defeat of 2016 as they lost at relegation-threatened Frankfurt, who climbed out of the bottom three.Eintracht took a deserved lead when Stefan Aigner headed home a cross from Japan’s Makoto Hasebe on 14 minutes after Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki had already pulled off two reflex saves.Fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach are set to qualify for next season’s Champions League after their 2-1 comeback win at home to Bayer Leverkusen as Andre Hahn scored both of their goals.Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who has spent most of the season out with an Achilles tendon injury, put Leverkusen ahead in the first half before Andre Hahn struck either side of the break for Gladbach.Sixth-placed Hertha Berlin lost ground in their fight for the Champions League when they lost 2-1 at home to Darmstadt, whose striker Sandro Wagner scored the winner against his ex-club and was then sent off for a second booking.Schalke stay on course for a Europa League place after their 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg while Wolfsburg broke their seven-match winless streak, dating back to March, Luiz Gustavo heading in the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Hamburg.At the other end of the table, VfB Stuttgart are in pole position to join Hanover 96 in the second tier after their 3-1 defeat at home to European hopefuls Mainz left them second from bottom.Werder Bremen dropped to 16th, which means a promotion-relegation play-off at the end of the season, after their goalless draw with Cologne.Relegated Hanover picked up only their seventh win of the season when Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake slotted home to sink Hoffenheim 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s headcoach Pep Guardiola (L) embraces striker Robert Lewandowski as they celebrate wining the league for the fourth year in a row on May 7, 2016 (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)BERLIN, May 7 – Robert Lewandowski netted twice as Bayern Munich became the first club to win four German league titles in a row on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt.The result means Bayern have now won the Bundesliga title in each of Pep Guardiola’s three years in charge in Munich before he leaves to coach Manchester City next season.last_img read more

I feel very happy here, says Aguero

first_imgBut despite his impressive goal tally, Aguero like much of his teammates must wait to discover if they are in manager Pep Guardiola’s plans for next term.The Spanish boss is set to overhaul his squad and has already begun to release players, with a raft of new signings expected.Alexis Sanchez is said to be one player on Guardiola’s wish-list, meaning Aguero’s future at the club would be in jeopardy.But speaking to the Xinhua News Agency, he said: “I feel very happy here, so I will fulfil my contract to stay here until the end of my contract.“I have not thought about where to play next. I just want to focus on the work here.”Aguero added: “I think my season was not bad. My form was pretty good.“That is true I missed a lot of games and that stopped me from helping the team score more goals. But overall it was a very positive season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero says he feels very happy at Manchester City. PHOTO/FFT.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, June 20 – Sergio Aguero says he wants to remain at Manchester City amid reports he is set for the Etihad Stadium exit door.The Argentine striker netted 33 goals in 45 games for the club last season.last_img read more

South Africa toughens fight against crime

first_imgAs well as endorsing the Crime Lineinitiative, the South African Police Servicehas its own crime reporting projectcalled Crime Stop. (Image: Saps) Head of Crime Line Yusuf Abramjee withPolice Commissioner Bheki Cele. (Image: Crime Line) MEDIA CONTACTS • Major-General Joseph NgobeniCommunication and liaison services, Saps+27 12 393 5489• Yusuf Abramjee Head, Crime Line+27 82 441 4203 RELATED ARTICLES • Direct access to top cops’ numbers • SA gets tough on traffic crime • New campaign for a better SA• Cracking down on 2010 crime • Police hard at worl for a safer SAJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Crime Line is one of a number of member organisations of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) which together have contributed to a global haul of seized drugs and stolen property worth US$10-billion (R70-billion).The announcement came in January 2011 and, said Crime Stoppers, almost 800 000 people have been arrested with the help of the member programmes running in 22 countries, which help to solve a crime somewhere in the world every 14 minutes.In South Africa there are two main anti-crime programmes – Crime Line and Crime Stop – and, as in other nations, both initiatives allow people to anonymously submit tip-offs to local police, who will then act on the information. Anonymity eliminates people’s fear of intimidation by criminals, especially in communities.Launched in 2007, Crime Line is a corporate-driven initiative that’s endorsed by the South African Police Service (Saps).The project set the example for other nations to follow by being the first to introduce a facility which lets citizens send their information via SMS at any time of the day or night.The Crime Lime SMS number is 32111, and messages cost R1 (14 US cents) each. Concerned citizens can also fill in a form online. People are asked to include as much detail as possible in the messages, and can rest assured that their personal information will remain private.The Crime Line website helps people to identify the most wanted criminals by publishing their photos and supplying a contact person and phone number. It also publishes success stories that could not have happened without the help of the public.South Africa is driving the spread of the Crime Line initiative to other African countries, and according to reports, has received interest from neighbouring Botswana and Namibia, as well as Nigeria and Ghana.Crime Stop is a Saps initiative which operates through a chain of call centres around South Africa. Figures on the Saps website indicate that since its launch in 1994, the project has resulted in the successful resolution of over 250 000 criminal cases and the recovery of R1-billion ($142-million) worth of narcotics and stolen goods.Citizens are encouraged to call the toll-free number 08600 10111 to submit their information, or send an email.“Our Crime Stop programme in South Africa is one of the strongest and most effective in the world,” said the detective service’s divisional commissioner Johan de Beer. “We must continue to work in such partnerships to prevent and detect crime, for crime prevention really is everyone’s business.”Leading the world in fighting crimeIn 2010, in an African first, three of South Africa’s top crime fighters took their seats on the CSI board of directors. Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee, and Major-General Vinesh Moonoo and Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht from Saps are the country’s representatives.South Africa’s Crime Line scooped three awards in mid-2010 at the annual CSI conference in Canada. The organisation took the media awards in the print, radio and television categories for a trio of outstanding advertising campaigns.Crime Line’s 2010 Fifa World Cup campaign took top honours in print. Its awareness campaign for shopping centre robberies was named best in radio, and the organisation’s association with the high-profile Shout anti-crime drive earned it the television award.“We were delighted to receive these prestigious awards,” said Abramjee. “Crime Line has made its mark on the international stage in a very short space of time.”He added that to date the organisation boasts about 1 100 arrests, and has recovered goods to the value of over R37-million ($5.3-million), all thanks to the input from members of the community.“Let’s continue to get more criminals arrested. Let’s make 2011 a year of major successes in the fight against crime,” said Abramjee.last_img read more

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap qualifies for London Olympics 2012

first_imgIndia’s Parupalli Kashyap on Friday qualified for the London Olympics with third-seeded Chinese Chen Jin pulling out of the quarterfinal match, citing a wrist injury, in India Open Super Series badminton.The unexpected walkover helped World No 30 Kashyap gain much-needed ranking points to take him past fellow-countryman 27th-ranked Ajay Jayaram.Kashyap will be the highest-ranked Indian player when the May 3 rankings are considered to finalise the Olympic singles draw.Obviously, Chen lost interest in the championship once it was known that he would be the third Chinese player to make the Olympics. The rules allow three entries from a country if all the three ranked in the top four ranked players in the world.Chen will thus join second-ranked Lin Dan and third-ranked Chen Long at the Olympics.Chen Jin’s London berth was confirmed after second-seed Peter Gade of Denmark lost to Wan Ho Shon of South Korea 22-24, 18-21, earlier in the day.Wan Ho Shon will now play Kashyap in the semi-finals.”It’s a fantastic feeling (to qualify for the Olympics). Not that I was sure to win against Chen Jin but I had played against him before. Given the past results and the home support I was confident of doing well against him. But this has come as a surprise and my entire focus now will be to do well tomorrow,” said Kashyap.India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also made sure of a place at the London doubles, though they lost their doubles quarterfinal match.Jwala and Diju are also more or less through to the Olympics mixed doubles event.advertisementHowever, Kashyap’s qualification was the only bright spot for the Indian contingent at Siri Fort on Friday.Kashyap’s qualification overshadowed a gallant display of P. V. Sindhu in the women’s singles. The Indian girl lost after taking the first game against fourth seeded Chinese, Jiang Yangjiao. She was beaten 21-18, 12-21, 18-21 after an hour-long battle.Gutta and Ponnappa and men’s doubles combination of Rupesh Kumar-Sanave Thomas were also knocked out in the quarter-finals.In the doubles event, Jwala and Ashwini began the match on an impressive note but seem to run out of steam as they went down 21-19, 13-21, 14-21 against third seed Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan while Rupesh and Sanave failed to recreate Wednesday’s magic and lost 12-21, 12-21 against Thailand’s Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit.The results (Quarterfinals):Men: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-16, 21-13; Jen Hao Hsu (Tpe) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-19, 21-18; P. Kashyap w/o Chen Jin (Chn); Wan Ho Shon (Kor) bt Peter Gade (Den) 24-22, 21-18.Women: Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 6-21, 21-10, 21-16; Xiao Jia Chen (Chn) bt Youn Joo Bae (Kor) 21-17, 21-13; Jiang Yangjiao (Chn) bt P.V. Sindhu 18-21, 21-12, 21-18; Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Juan Gu (Sin) 21-15, 21-11.Men’s doubles: Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) bt Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas 21-12, 21-12.Women’s doubles: Miyuki Maeda & Satoko Suetsuna (Jpn) bt G. Jwala & Ashwini Ponnappa 19-21, 21-13, 21-14.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J7 and J5 officially announced

first_imgSamsung Galaxy J7 and J5 have been the subject of many leaksin the recent weeks with multiple sources claiming their availability soon. Samsunghas now officially announced the Galaxy J7 and J5 in China. The smartphoneswill be on sale in China in a week from now, as reported by PhoneArena.The Samsung Galaxy J7 will come with a 5.5 inch 720Pdisplay. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor.The smartphone measures at152.2 x 79.1 x 7.9mm, packing in a 3,000 mAh batteryfor all day usage.The Samsung Galaxy J5 on the other hand will sport a 5-inch720p display and will be powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. It will be backed by a 2,600 mAh battery.Both the smartphones share the following identical specswhich include 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage expandable via Micro SDcard. Both phones have a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP front shooter. Dual SIM LTE capabilities are also there in both phones.The main USP of both phones is the front-facing LED flashfor clicking selfies or do video calling in bad light conditions.Both phones will come in black, white, and gold colouroptions, running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.  Samsung has priced the Galaxy J7 at 1,798 CNY(Rs 18,470) and the Galaxy J5 is priced at 1,398 CNY (Rs 14,370). Theavailability of both the smartphones outside of China hasn’t been revealed yet.Also read: SamsungGalaxy J5 with Snapdragon 410 leaked in imageslast_img read more

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano wants to be coach after retiring

first_imgSpanish football giants FC Barcelona defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano has revealed he wants to become a coach when he calls time on his playing career.The Argentina international believes that he is drawn by the challenge of passing on what he has learned throughout his career to younger players and has no intention of leaving football once he hangs up his boots.”I would become a coach. As a player, things are easier, but it gets more complicated when you go on the other side. I want to pass on everything my coaches taught me. In football, things go full circle,” Mascherano was quoted as saying by radio channel Radio Metro on Tuesday.Mascherano, who began his career as a defensive midfielder, has adapted to play at the centre of defence after being first deployed there by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.”At that time, many central defenders were injured and Sergio Busquets had emerged in midfield. I came to Barcelona knowing I was signed as a backup and it would be very difficult to hold down a place in midfield. Obviously I would have fought for my place but one of the best in the world was playing in my position,” Mascherano said.last_img read more